U16 YOUTH CHAMPIONS
Pre-season training started in November 2019 and the final game was played in November 2020, and included 142 training sessions and 16 competitive games (not to mention many trial games) the APIA Leichhardt FC U16 team has been crowned as Football NSW’s NPL1 U16 Premiers, winning both competition phases during the year. In a nail biting and closely fought final game of the season last Sunday the APIA boys triumphed over a Sydney FC team full of Australian U17 internationals 3-2. This result reflects the talent and commitment of the 16 boys who represented the APIA club with pride during the season, and who were ably supported by many of the APIA NPL1 U14 and U15 players when required. Special thanks to Valerio Silvestro who has guided this team in his 4 years as coach to the top of Football NSW’s youth football program. During this time Valerio has proven himself to be an immensely talented and dedicated coach. Thanks also to those who have provided fantastic support to the team over the last 4 years, including Nick Rizzo, Ged Peacock, Angelo Rodic, Andrew Casali, Michael Bosnich and Vince Ciolino.